National Directory



preaching and teaching, the deacon articulates the needs and hopes of the people he has experienced, thereby animating, motivating, and facilitating a commitment among the lay faithful to an evangelical ser vice in the world. 45 64. Specifically, in the third Christian millennium, “the whole Church is called to greater apostolic commitment which is both personal and communitarian, renewed and generous.” 46 At the heart of this call is an awareness of a new evangelization: i.e., “to rekindle the faith in the Christian conscience of many and cause the joyful proclamation of salvation to resound in society.” 47 The deacon, as herald of the Gospel, has an important pastoral responsibility in the new evangelization. 48 St. John Paul II reminds the Church that “what moves me even more strongly to proclaim the urgency of missionary evangelization is the fact that it is the primary service which the Church can render to every individual . . . in the modern world.” 49 The deacon is ordained precisely for service in both the sanctuary and the marketplace. 65. The secular employment of a deacon is also linked with his ministry. 50 Although his secular work may benefit the community, some profes sions can become incompatible with the pastoral responsibilities of his ministry. The diocesan bishop, “bearing in mind the requirements of ecclesial communion and of the fruitfulness of pastoral ministry, shall evaluate individual cases as they arise, [and may require] a change of profession after ordination.” 51

Unity in Pastoral Activity

66. Under the diocesan bishop’s authority, joint meetings and cooperative action “arranged between priests, deacons, religious, and laity involved in pastoral work [can] avoid compartmentalization or the development of isolated groups and . . . guarantee coordinated unity for different pastoral activities.” 52

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